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Nashville Sounds’ Jharel Cotton named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville Sounds pitcher Jharel Cotton has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for his performance from August 8th-14th, the league announced this afternoon.

The right-hander made one start for the Sounds during the week and turned in a masterful performance. In an August 9th outing in Round Rock, Texas, Cotton narrowly missed a perfect game and settled for a one-hit, complete game shutout.

Nashville Sounds' Pitcher Jharel Cotton Just Missed Perfect Game in Start Against Round Rock Express.
Nashville Sounds’ Pitcher Jharel Cotton Just Missed Perfect Game in Start Against Round Rock Express.

Cotton retired the first 26 batters he faced before allowing a two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning. He struck out the next batter to finish of the 12-strikeout performance in Nashville’s 3-0 win over the Express.

Had Cotton finished the perfect game, he would have been only the fourth pitcher to throw a nine-inning perfect game in PCL history dating back to 1903.

Two of the three perfect games in league history belong to Nashville Sounds’ pitchers. John Wasdin was the first to accomplish the feat when he retired all 27 batters in a start against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Greer Stadium on April 7th, 2003.

Manny Parra is the latest to toss a perfect game. The left-hander made history in a June 25th, 2007 start in Round Rock – also a 3-0 Sounds win over the Express.

Cotton became the second pitcher in the PCL to throw a nine-inning, one-hit shutout this season. He’s also the second pitcher in the league to record 12+ strikeouts in a game without issuing a walk.

The 24-year-old leads the PCL in strikeouts (136), WHIP (1.07) and batting average against (.209) and starts for the Sounds in the series finale against Reno tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm at First Tennessee Park.

The Sounds have been honored with weekly awards four times in 2016. Dillon Overton was PCL Pitcher of the Week (April 18th-24th) and Jaycob Brugman (June 6th-12th) and Bruce Maxwell (July 11th-17th) have garnered PCL Player of the Week honors.

Tickets for the 2016 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at First Tennessee Park are now available for purchase at the Nashville Sounds box office and online at www.nashvillesounds.com

The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com

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